Mallikarjun Kharge entered the race for Congress president in order to strengthen the party:

Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress presidential candidate, said on Sunday that he was not running for president to oppose anyone but rather to strengthen his party. Kharge said he entered the election after being encouraged to do so by senior and young leaders alike.

In accordance with the party’s ‘one person, one post’ principle, he resigned from the position of Leader of the Opposition on the day he filed his nomination.

At a press conference flanked by Deepender Hooda, Syed Naseer Hussain, and Gourav Vallabh, Kharge said unemployment is increasing, inflation is rising, and the gap between the rich and the poor is widening.

According to Vallabh, Hooda and Hussain have resigned as Congress spokespersons, and Vallabh will campaign for Kharge in the AICC presidency election.

Kharge responded to Shashi Tharoor’s remarks that he is a candidate for change, whereas he is a candidate for continuity and status quo, saying that reform decisions will be taken jointly after voting.

Also, he said he was urged to run by other leaders, not the Gandhis.

As former Jharkhand minister, K N Tripathi’s nomination was rejected on Saturday, Kharge and Tharoor were left in the race.

Nominations for the election were due September 24-30, according to a Congress notification.

In the nomination process, the papers had to be scrutinized on October 1, and nominations had to be withdrawn by October 8.

On October 8, the final list of candidates will be released at 5 pm.

We’ll hold the polls, if needed, on October 17. Voting will take place on October 19, and we’ll announce the results that day.

The poll will be voted on by more than 9,000 Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) members.

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